He was the last pilot cast member to be contracted to series.
Following the back-door pilot, Zuiker stated that he believed the series "needed a little more balance in terms of a leading woman".
Series star Emily Procter later stated that "the cancellation was kind of shocking for everyone because they had given an indication that CSI: NY might go, so people would have been prepared and we just weren't prepared." Procter had previously commented on the longevity of the series, commenting that "I remember sitting around with David in the parking lot during season one, getting ready for the first episode to air.
We said [...] 'we are going to spend the rest of our lives together. it was just a matter of looking at the schedule and what looked better".
In 2002, CSI executive producer Anthony Zuiker began casting for the then-unnamed Miami based spin-off.